Like most European cities, the Berlin sports scene includes a mammoth attention to soccer. Hertha Berliner Sport-Club von 1892, more commonly known as Hertha BSC or Hertha Berlin, is a German association football club that enjoyed wide appeal long before the city was split into two, and today still packs more than seventy-thousand inside Olympiastadio. FC Union Berlin doesn’t boast the same following in sheer numbers, though its diehard soccer fans are arguably even more passionate.
One of the sports that have seen increased attention in Berlin in recent years is ice hockey, and EHC Eisbären Berlin and the Berlin Capitals are two successful ice hockey teams, while Alba Berlin quickly became a major force in European basketball after being founded in the early 90s.
Although if smashing bodies into the boards doesn’t entice for sports in Berlin, roughly twenty public golf courses allow for slightly less impact sporting activity as well. The Berlin Marathon, meanwhile, attracts tens of thousands of competitors every autumn, and has the distinction of being a course where both men and women runners have set the most world records.